defeat (n.) Old form(s): defeate
act of destruction, ruin
Ham II.ii.568[Hamlet alone, of his father] Upon whose ... life / A damned defeat was made [Q2; F debate]
Ham V.ii.58[Hamlet to Horatio, of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern] Their defeat / Does by their own insinuation grow
MA IV.i.45[Leonato to Claudio, of Hero] if you ... made defeat of her virginity
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